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Commemorating Robert Siegel's Career

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Nov 22, 2017 2:45 PM
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To commemorate Robert Siegel's 30 years of hosting All Things Considered and his more than 40 years at NPR, as he moves toward retirement in January, All Things Considered will air four retrospectives of his career and other hosts will talk with Robert about his reporting for the program.

Criminal Justice Reporting - Friday, November 24
Robert talks with host Ari Shapiro about some of his signature reporting over the years on the criminal justice system. Robert highlights moments from three stories: one following Baltimore police officers on their shift, another on parole in Alabama, and one on the exoneration of a murderer in New Jersey.

Speech and Voice - Monday, December 18
Audie Cornish has a story about a trend in Robert's interviews and reporting over the years: his interest in how people talk. Robert will discuss the story he did on Rising Intonation (when people end statements with a rising tone, as if asking a question). Audie and Robert also talk about his report on New York's accents and about how his own voice and speech have changed over the years.

Beethoven's 7th - Monday, December 25
This is an encore of a story Robert did in 2003 about the Allegretto from Beethoven's 7th Symphony.

Watching History - Friday, January 5
Robert will have an audio essay about events he's reported on and talked about during the last 40 years that altered the course of history, have never been fully resolved, or have repeated themselves. Some of the key events during Robert's tenure include the Cold War, the nuclear arsenal in Europe, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Clinton Impeachment, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Brexit, and the election of President Trump.

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